12 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Management Committee Throws Back Copac Report

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File photo: President Jacob Zuma, center, with President Robert Mugabe, right, on a previous working visit to Zimbabwe.

THE management committee has orde-red Copac to rewrite its report on the Second All Stakeholders' Conference after it reportedly once again failed to capture important submissions. Irked by the wishy-washy job, the management committee last Thursday ordered Copac co-chairpersons to "go back and do a proper report".

The co-chairpersons had taken the report to the management committee for guidance.

"The report wasn't complete, so they are retuning and refining it," said Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Eric Matinenga.

"There are certain aspects which they need to revisit. They will bring it back on Monday."

Management committee member Cde Patrick Chinamasa (Zanu-PF) concurred with Minister Matinenga that the document was returned because Copac left out critical issues raised during the conference.

"They left out background information of the second stakeholders' conference and the address given to the conference by the President among others issues. On the whole, they fulfilled their mandate," he said.

Copac co-chairperson Mr Douglas Mwonzora also confirmed the development.

"We are implementing the suggestions and we will present the report on Monday (today)," he said.

"They want us to include explanatory notes of the meaning of various figures because they are mainly based on frequency.

"There is, therefore, need for explanations to that.

"The management committee also wants us to include the narrative that was given by co-chairpersons at the conference."

Mr Mwonzora said after the management committee endorses the report, they would proceed to do a comprehensive analysis of the submissions at the conference.

The management committee, he said, would give Copac guidance on how they should proceed.

He said Copac had its own way of doing it, but would stand guided by the management committee.

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